SHORT HISTORY OF BUTTONS: Up until the middle ages, buttons were ornaments or jewelry. Not really buttons by our modern definition, but more like trinkets that people wore to display their wealth or to be fashionable. Buttonholes were not actually invented until the 13th century; people fastened their clothes with clasps, brooches, pins, or just tied them with a belt of some sort before that period of time. The first button-maker's guilds appeared in europe around 1250. After that buttons were still mostly ornamental, although various fashions for the wealthy did feature clothing that used them as fasteners. It was around the 18th century that buttons began to be used in a widespread way, appearing on military uniforms and more. As industrialization set in, buttons got cheaper and more available for regular people.
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